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Family has no history of liver disease Had kerataconus o Didn’t know how significant and life changing an organ donor can be o Gave him the gift of sight  Still believed it was a miracle, but didn’t recognize the pain of the family that lost their family member. Brock’s mom (2nd wife) and him split up when 6 years old First marriage was messed up and had three kids (lost his first wife) o Tried to make up for the lost of his other kids by loving brock o The loss of attention was never going to be made up but something in his mind made him think it was going to. was very much the center of my universe Made sure that he was on time all the time – relished all the time he had with him Brock played the saxophone and guitar o Graduated with honors at cottonwood highschool o Athletic- on the swim team o Age 10 developed Crohn’s disease o Lived with his difficulties head on  Didn’t ask for attention, etc. o At 14, told his dad in his truck that doctors said he needed a liver transplant in 5 years  Didn’t think he looked unhealthy- nowhere near looking like he needed a liver transplant o Went to Primary Children’s Hospital o At 18 transferred to an Intermountain Healthcare Hospital. o Tonsils, appendix, gallbladder taken out, born with single kidney o At 20, had to have his spleen removed which had grown to 15 times the size of a normal person’s spleen.  Struggled to bend over because of his enlarged spleen back in highschool for swim Went to SLC and wanted to be an engineer like his dad o Health started to deteriorate and had to miss a couple of tests fall semester o By spring semester his sickness made it that he couldn’t continue in that direction, had to drop out until his liver came 4th of July, had to stay in the hospital. But rebounded and got healthier. Told them a little later that a liver was available. o Sick again, had to go back to the hospital end of August  Health deteriorated but his (Model for End-Stage Liver Disease) score was 19, needed to be at least 20 to get a liver, a little after was 26. Didn’t have a liver still. –didn’t even consider death. Deteriorated to the high 30s.

Found a liver for Brock after, “I was so thrilled that this was finally going to happen after all the struggles that Brock has been through.”  “I was so excited for Brock, but I felt so bad for the family that lost their son or daughter”  Within next 4 hours, his condition fell so that he wasn’t healthy enough to receive the liver – had to pass it up  Brock’s condition deteriorate- intubated and kept sedated.  10 days later, started to rebound  resting his head against my head “brock I wish I could have spent more time with you when you were younger – I wanted to be a better dad”  “That’s funny dad because I’ve always wanted to be just like you”.  Later that day, condition fell back down again. And had to be re-intubated and went on a dialysis machine. th  September 20 – Brock turned 21 years old in the hospital in a chemically induced coma. o Nurse made a cake that had a liver with frosting  “they were just angels out there – they took such great care of him” th  27 of September – blood pressure dropped o “The nurse that was on duty – I could see panic in his eyes” o got the doctor o Nurse told them to go home and get some rest, went home 11 that night.  1:30 that morning, Brock’s uncle called them (one of the surgeons that morning)  blood pressure medicine  That morning September 28th o Yelling at his ears – saw a nurse do it one time  Tell him to be strong and be “Brock strong”  What they used to say  Nurse pulled him off and away  Sam (the doctor) put his arm on his shoulder  Gave him the option of keep his blood pressure or remove the intubation tube.  Rod sat back in his chair o Sam officially gone that night o “that was 417 days ago.”  “so much goes through your mind about how unfair life is… and it would’ve just taken one for Brock, but it didn’t come. That’s why I’m such a proponent today for organ donors. For people to leave behind for other’s can’t have What would you say today about people on the fence on donating organs 

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People are on the fence because of religion or not getting the attention they need when in the emergency room. Had a chance to talk to people about it o Don’t know if you can convince anyone to change their mind by saying one thing  “I lost my son, and he was 21. And It wasn’t an accident it was a disease. It wasn’t self induced you know,… it was a disease that took him that he had no control over. And you’re not going to need those organs. When you die you’re not going to take them with you. And not only would you save someone who would need a liver, you can save two people with your lungs, you can save two people with your kidneys, you can save a person with your heart and your pancreas. And so many other people can go on living as a result of your thinking just enough to check that ‘yes’ box behind your drivers license.” o Have to die in a hospital while intubated – have to have oxygen continuously pumped to them.. Not by a car crash  “I guess what I would have to say would be more of a plea: At least consider it, keep it in your mind that you can save other people’s lives and save the hurt that other people suffered the lost their loved ones.”